Gateway Associates has been working for the past two years on discussing with interested parties how we can best tackle road safety challenges in Uganda. On average 8 people die and 35 others are seriously injured every day on Uganda roads. We need to act! We will be playing our part.
Busy week for Gateway Associates.
Further work following the publication of our clean question survey report entitled: “Will it ever be time for TEA?” Discussions with various interested parties on possible future survey themes, as well as articles on the aviation survey findings for selected trade journals.
For Paul, he had an added dimension this week of being at the University of Keele in Staffordshire. Paul is on the governing Council and it was one of the regular meetings. But it also included a tour of the recently refurbished Students’ Union. Paul was able to discuss developments on the student volunteering front – Keele is the first University to have a dedicated Volunteer Centre – and the work of the student led independent advice service, ASK.
Gateway Associates also works with the Founder of Grassroot Diplomat, Talyn Rehman and were delighted to attend the Initiative Awards 2013 evening which recognised the commitment by diplomats and politicians to close the gap between those who govern and the citizen. Paul acted as one of the members of the judges’ panel.
The end of the week saw Gateway Associates in Bristol visiting Hamilton House – a great community hub, buzzing with life and opportunities. Paul also discussed the work of Bristol Power Co-op with David Saunders.
A varied and fascinating week.
Next week Urban Land Institute Winter Council in Paris!
Paul is a member of the Urban Land Institute and will be attending the Annual Conference in Paris at the beginning of February. He will also join colleagues on the European Urban Regeneration Council before the main conference. Paul was part of a distinguished ULI Advisory Services panel working on a site in central London.
ULI advisory services panels provide cities with strategic advice on urban development and practical, feasible solutions to enhance their economic and social fabric. Panels link developers, public agencies and other sponsors to the knowledge and experience of ULI and its membership. Each panel follows a proven process that begins with a conversation between advisory services staff and the city to frame the assignment. ULI then assembles an interdisciplinary panel of volunteers who spend up to a week on-site exploring the project, interviewing stakeholders and making recommendations. Panels approach the assignment from all perspectives, including market potential, land use and design, financing and development strategies, and organising and implementation.
Paul’s panel worked on the site called Eccleston Place, close to Victoria Railway station and incorporating London’s Victoria Coach Station. The work was undertaken in conjunction with Grosvenor Estates.
The full report can be download here: ULI Eccleston Place, London, England
This afternoon the key influencer survey “Will it ever be time for TEA?” will be published with six recommendations for decision makers.
As the Davies Commission starts it work and the Transport Select Committee continues to take evidence on aviation policy, Gateway Associates will publish the findings of their survey. Seventy key individuals companies and organisations from local authorities, business, the aviation industry, finance and environmentalists have contributed to this report.
By setting out twenty concise, clean questions and asking the most influential people in the UK to answer them, the survey is able to capture the landscape of opinion about the UK’s aviation strategy and proposals for a Thames Estuary Airport that exists today.
The report will make six recommendations to government, politicians and decision makers. A full copy of the report and the recommendations will be available from here later today.
The findings of the Gateway Associates Key Influencer Survey on proposals for a hub airport in the Thames
Estuary were published today at a Parliamentary event chaired by Brian Donohoe MP, the Chair of the
Aviation All Party Parliamentary Group.
The report consolidated the views of 67 of the most influential private, public, local, national and
international stakeholders and concludes that the Coalition Government has to act quickly if it wishes to
prevent the country’s aviation industry and UK Plc from being grounded by competitor markets in Europe.
Respondents to the survey believe that if Heathrow is not fully included in the Davies Commission’s analysis then
the work will need to be redone in future to rectify the omission, by which time the UK will have lost its
aviation advantage to newer and larger hub airports in Europe.
This frustration is further reflected with the call to ‘Get on with it’ since most believe the timescale
for reaching a decision could be significantly reduced. In fact, the current plan to deliver the Davies
Commission’s report and Government’s response after the 2015 general election is thought by some to be
timed for political rather than economic or social advantage.
This unnecessary procrastination will have a significantly negative impact on communities in the Thames
Estuary, and those around London and regional UK airports, while they are left waiting on tenterhooks.
Many also believe that the environment will be completely side-lined and ignored when it comes to making
the eventual decision about future aviation development.
Paul Clark, Director of Gateway Associates and former Transport Minister, said: “I am grateful to everyone
who gave their time and contributed so fully to this report. The key influencers have made it clear that they
want the Davies Commission to act transparently looking at all options and for a speedy conclusion to this
“Their real concern centres on the competitive position of UK Plc and the on-going uncertainty blighting
households, the environment and business.
“All political parties need to recognise the genuine concerns expressed in this report and urge everyone
involved to prepare the way for a decision to be made sooner rather than later,” added Clark.
The report was compiled jointly by Clark and two other Gateway Associates: business and government
communications specialist Katrina Krishnan Doyle and aviation industry expert Rob Sibley. Together they
have analysed the responses and set out six specific recommendations to politicians and policy officials
detailing the steps that need to be taken to ensure a decision can be reached quickly and that money and
time are not wasted as a result of delays:
Do not ignore Heathrow
Get to the decision sooner
Align policies across Whitehall
Find your customer in advance
Publish a decision making criteria
Be upfront about funding and compensation
The report is now complete and the recommendations compiled. Paul has been invited to present the report at an event hosted by Brian Donohoe MP in the Commons on Wednesday.
Paul will join Paul Outhwaite – RSPB South East Public Affairs Manager, Daniel Moylan on behalf of the Mayor of London and Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Shadow Transport Team on the platform. The invited audience includes the survey respondents parliamentarians and industry operatives.
The full report “Will it ever be time for TEA?” will be available on line later this week.
Invited by the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Aviation Group, Brian Donohoe MP, Paul set out the key findings. On the same platform were Huw Thomas from Foster and Partners and Robin Cooper from Medway Council. The audience included MPs and Members of the House of Lords, together with many key influencers who have already contributed to the survey.
From the survey and the debate, it is clear that there is no ‘either or’ option – if TEA happens then Heathrow must close – key contributors say you cannot have both.
The survey respondents identify the biggest losers as ‘local residents’, ‘local environment’ and ‘heritage sites’. Those who gain the most are ‘international business’ and ‘international investors’.
Maybe somewhat surprisingly, key influencers have their doubts on the overall net position of jobs creation. Almost the same proportion of respondents who felt that ‘local businesses’ would get benefits believed that local businesses would suffer. Respondents sited the “life sucking” effect of a major project on existing businesses whereby the skilled and semi-skilled workforce are ‘sucked into’ the airport, depleting local businesses and forcing them to close.
More results to come. Further details on the debate to be posted.
Public Works – Good for Regeneration?
Paul recently attended The University of Keele’s graduation ceremony as a new member of the university’s governing body. This week he attended the degree ceremony for the University of Greenwich at Rochester Cathedral. Last year the same university conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree upon Paul to recognise his commitment to regeneration especially through the creation of the Universities at Medway.
In the eulogy, Professor Tom Barnes said that, “Paul had brought a lasting legacy to the region in his high flying political career and it was right that it should be recognised”.
In reply Paul said he was “extremely humbled and honoured to receive the award.”
Undoubtedly, both the Universities of Keele, Greenwich and the wider Medway Universities, including Kent and Canterbury Christchurch have brought jobs to the community and either spent directly or injected by paying salaries, money into local businesses.
So as latest figures show a deepening recession and the IMF cast some worrying doubts over the current direction of economic travel, is it time to look very closely at the effects of such public works as the Universities at Medway and to recognise the support such investment brings to struggling local and national economies?
For more details concerning Paul’s Honorary Doctorate visit the University of Greenwich.
Today, Gateway Associates invited the most influential people involved in the development and delivery of aviation policy in the UK to give their opinions on the proposals for a Thames Estuary Airport.
Past surveys have been completed by many members of the House of Lords and Commons, not to mention leading corporate officials and those from major non-departmental organisations. And the published findings of our last survey informed the Department for Transport in their decision about how future High Speed Rail policy should be managed.
All specific comments and responses will be unattributed. However, we will be including a list of respondents as an appendix to authenticate the results. If you’d like some assurance of this then please see the last report that was jointly authored by Gateway Associates: High Speed Rail Is Everyone on Board?
The interim findings of the survey will be published prior to the Party conferences in September so if you’d like to be involved then please email: TEASurvey@GatewayAssociates.co.uk or contact us. The full report will be published in October.